Eating and Drinking to the Glory of God
By Haley Lambert
“The church needs to do a better job at approaching mental illness.”
Sound familiar? I totally agree with this statement, however, we can’t throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to the role that our own will plays into our mental state.
Here’s my take. Anxiety PLAGUES so many people IN churchland and OUT of churchland.
SOMETIMES people’s brain chemistry is just off–not for any reason in particular. It’s just the life on the broken earth we live in. It is simply rough.
Now I am specifically addressing “the church”:
Do I dare say it…SOMETIMES the problem…really is…a lack.of.faith.
Yup. There is a chance that your anxiety is a lack of trusting God. Sometimes. Can we even consider this possibility in 2018? How do you TALK about your anxiety? Have you so secured yourself in this identity that if God WANTED to heal you, would you even let Him? Or are your ailments some kind of security blanket? Instead of always saying, “I have anxiety. That’s why I’m like this.” What if you changed your words around? Because words really matter. Try, “I’m tempted to not trust God in this, but I’m being healed of anxiety and praying through it.” Then actually pray.
And just to be emphatically clear: LACK OF FAITH IS NOT ALWAYS THE PROBLEM, BUT SOMETIMES IT IS.
Let’s try another one on…
SOMETIMES anxiety in your body and mind is a result of…your DIET.
Read some articles on the effects of sugar on the brain.
Read about how diet affects anxiety and depression.
Read about reducing inflammation in your body.
Shortest testimony ever: I started having panic attacks. I radically changed my diet. I stopped having panic attacks. The end.
Every week at church when the prayer requests come in, I see people asking for prayer for anxiety. I always pray that God would lead them in how to eat.
WHAT IF…God has already provided you with healing from anxiety? What if you are a diet change away from total freedom?
If you have read this far and you are even willing to consider this possibility, you may be asking, “Where do I start?”
There are so many diets out there and so much information that seems to completely contradict one another. However, there is enough COMMON info to piece together to get off on a great start!
Sugar – Stop eating it. It is slowly killing you, inflaming you, and breaking your brain.
Refined carbs (bread, pasta) – Stop eating them.
Stimulants (caffeine) – Limit them.
Fake food (soda of any kind, energy drinks, processed foods) – Cut out as many as you can.
Drink lots of water.
*Basically, eat real food. You do not need a doctor’s supervision to eat real food.
What you could do that would warrant a doctor’s supervision:
Exercise a little.
Natural supplements (magnesium before bed is basically magic and vitamin D for Oregonians is practically mandatory).
What you could do if you wanted to totally go crazy:
Research autoimmune diets and religiously follow one. That’s what I did. It worked.
If you struggle with anxiety, you need to research how you should be eating to counter that. Why?
Because it’s a STEWARDSHIP ISSUE.
“Is it sin for me to eat garbage food?”
Maybe. If you’re eating against your own conscience, then yes, you are sinning.
‘But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.’-Romans 14:22-23
If you are being gluttonous, this is also sin. (I opted not to use scripture here, but basically this is a self-control issue.)
The better questions are:
“Is it wise?” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
“Am I loving God with my whole person?” (Remember this is the GREATEST command.)
‘And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”’-Matthew 22:37-38
I was going to link up scientific studies on here of the connection between diet and anxiety, but I don’t want to insult your googling abilities.
Wisdom cries out. Listen to it. Crappy food makes you feel crappy. That might not preach, but if you listen to wisdom, it might change your whole life.